One last opportunity – for this year, at least – to mock the flailing efforts at self-governance in Montgomery County.
[Bruce] Tough believes the tea partiers are after “control’ and, in so doing, could stamp out independent thought.
“I don’t want to see any single group control the fate of our community,” Long said. “We’re bigger than one group. All the folks who live here should have a say.”
Mike Bass, a township director who was opposed in 2012 by tea partiers who had once backed him, agreed.
“They want to win control of the township board and then have us incorporate our township into a city,’ Bass said. “We have a perfect limited government and free marketplace now. But they really don’t want that.”
Community leaders agree on one thing: resident frustration over the area’s rapid growth is driving the discontent. Montgomery County’s population, now a half million, is expected to double over the next half-century.
“The Woodlands is a victim of its own success,” said Tough. “Once people build a house here, they want that one to be the last one built. I heard these special interest people saying, ‘Elect me and I’ll stop development.’ It may play well politically, but legally you can’t tell someone what to do with their land.”
The Texas Patriots’ Turner said that while nobody can stop growth, it could be better managed, possibly through incorporating as a city.
Bass said incorporation was put off three years ago because a study then showed it would triple the property tax rate.
So basically, The Woodlands is like Austin, though perhaps with fewer skinny-jeans-wearing hipsters. And the first-time candidate who defeated Bruce Tough last Tuesday is on a self-appointed mission to rescue America from the clutches of evil leftists, presumably beginning with those Alinsky sympathizers on the Woodlands Township Board of Directors. I’m sorry, but Houston politics just can’t hold a candle to this for sheer ridiculousness.